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58 people arrested in Twin Cities sex trafficking sting

Investigators posed as minors or as sex buyers, and set up meetings via social media.
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ST PAUL, Minn. — The BCA says 58 people were arrested and face possible felony charges after a sex trafficking sting operation across the Twin Cities.

From April 4-8, undercover officers chatted with people in several Twin Cities communities on social media platforms, posing as minors or as sex buyers.

Investigators arrested the suspects when they arrived at arranged meeting places.

The BCA says 47 people were booked on probable cause of felony solicitation of a minor or solicitation of prostitution under 16 years of age; and 11 people were booked on probable cause of sex trafficking or promotion of prostitution.

There were also 28 people, including one minor, rescued from "trafficking situations," according to the BCA.

Thirty-three agencies worked on the sting, which was part of the Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force led by the BCA. Alexandria House, Breaking Free and The Link provided services to victims who were found during the operation.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of being trafficked, call 911. To report a suspected trafficking situation, call the BCA at 877-996-6222 or email bca.tips@state.mn.us.

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